The Coast Guard Cutter Alert from Astoria, Ore., patrols the eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of South and Central America Oct. 6, 2014. The crew of Alert will return home Sunday following a 70-day deployment in the eastern Pacific Ocean where they interdicted three suspected vessels, detained 15 suspected smugglers, and seized 3,180 pounds of cocaine with a wholesale value of more than $48 million. (Coast Guard photo by Cutter Alert)

Astoria-based Coast Guard crew returns following 70-day counter drug deployment

What do our cutters do on deployment? Alert’s crew spent 70-days deployed in the eastern Pacific Ocean Fall 2014. The pay off: three vessels interdicted, 15 suspected smugglers detained, and 3,180 pounds of cocaine siezed with a wholesale value of more than $48 million.